Thursday, December 31, 2009

Gas Masks

This picture was taken in 1942, and shows Army nurses training for Gas Warfare in World War II. This picture always had surreal look to me.

Wanted to let you know that I have a really good mystery person picked out for this Saturday's contest. Be sure to tune in, as it should be a good contest. Poor, Poor Nate. He will not have a chance.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Nurses During Flu Pandemic of 1918

Today's picture is from 1918, and shows nurses transporting a victim of the Flu Pandemic. This was one of the worst pandemics of all time, and killed over 50 million people worldwide.

I am happy to report that the great furniture shopping spree has finally ended, and we got home last night, and got the furniture unloaded. Hopefully we will not have to go through this again for a long time.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

World War I Nurse

Good Morning from San Antonio, Texas, the Shopping Capitol of the World. Well, at least it feels that way. Anyway, today's picture shows a World War I Red Cross Nurse. I really like the old cars, and I like the old-style clothes she is wearing.

Anyway, I mentioned yesterday that Mrs. PJM has taken me on a cross-state spending spree I am referring to as "The Great Spending Spree of '09". You can read in the comments on yesterday's post for updates on the budgetary damage done. Mrs. PJM is sitting over on the bed right now with her notebook detailing all the furniture items to be bought on our way home. Hopefully this nightmare will end today.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Manzanar Relocation Center

Angel of Mercy week continues here on OPOD, and today we feature this picture from the Mansanar Relocation Center in California in World War II. This is where many people of Japanese descent were incarcerated during the War. This picture shows a nurse with a new baby born in the facility. The picture was taken in 1943.

Domestic Update:

I have just been informed by Mrs. PJM that we are going furniture shopping today. I have further been informed that furniture stores in our area do not have the selection or styles suitable for our needs, and therefor we are going to spend the day on a cross-state jaunt, stopping at every furniture store along the way. I learn that participation in this furniture shopping jaunt is mandatory, and not optional. Expectations are that I remain patient, and allow suitable time in each store for each piece of furniture to be inspected. This can not end well.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Angels of Mercy

Good Sunday Morning to you all. Hope you all are enjoying a little time off from work, and recovering from the Christmas festivities. Now, we are going to try something a little different this morning. Our goal is to see if you can really judge something about a person by the way they look. They say that you can not judge a book by its cover, but are they really right? So, this morning I present pictures of four angels of mercy. Well, actually, three are angels of mercy, and one is a scoundrel. The goal is to see if you can pick the scoundrel out by just looking at them. I ask that you NOT research the pictures to try and figure out who they are. This is NOT a mystery person contest. This is just to see if people have an intuitive ability to tell a person's character just by looking at them. I invite you to post comments on your thoughts, but ask that you NOT identify the people, just describe your "Gut" reaction to them. Post your thoughts in the comments, and then vote in the poll.

The Picture above is Angel of Mercy #1.

The Picture above is Angel of Mercy #2.

The Picture above is Angel of Mercy #3.

The Picture above is Angel of Mercy #4.

So, study the people in the pictures and then let us know who you think the Scoundrel is. Please note that I did not try and make this a trick, as in, the one that looks least like a scoundrel is a scoundrel, or vice versa. I simply picked four different people, and I know one is a scoundrel.

Oh, and as far as last week's contest, the polling result was that Bachelorette #2 was the best match for Captain Walsh. This was Nate's choice, so he obviousely somehow manipulated the contest to have her chosen as the perfect match.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Today is Saturday . . . the day I finally beat the Evil Nate Maas, My Arch-Nemesis. I doubt we will even hear a peep out of him today. Also, please note my scientific pole in upper left . . . over 75% of the people think Nate is cheating at this game. Well, today I put an end to his nonsense. There is no way he can get this one. No way ANY of you can get this one.

OK, your mission, should you decide to accept it . . . who is she, and what is she most remembered for? Oh, I almost forgot . . . if your initials are N.M., what did her Father do?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Saving the Best for Last

Once again, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Today is the last day of our Facial Hair series, and we have saved the best for last. Yes, this is a picture of the famed William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. In my mind Mr. Cody reached the pinnacle of facial hair style. The combined mustache and chin beard, with the important detail that the mustache does not connect to the chin beard. Today, many men wear the mustache connected to chin beard style, but they secretly wish they could wear the William F. Cody style. They don't, however, because they feel unworthy of such a style.

DOMESTIC UPDATE: Project Energy Independence

I had mentioned some months ago that I had decided to become personally energy independent. I showed pictures of the 5 KW solar panels we had installed behind the house. I am happy to say that the solar panels are working beyond our expectations. We use about 30 KWH/day of electricity, and the Solar Panels are producing about 33 KWH/day of electricity. To help increase our production margin, and to help keep producing on cloudy days, we have now had a 3.5 KW Raum wind turbine installed. Our house is on a hill, and we get a nice breeze pretty much all the time. The wind turbine is working very well. It does not produce as much as the solar panels, but it is nice in that it pretty much produces around the clock.

Ideally, we would like to move to electric cars at this point, but it does not appear that a viable electric car is even on the horizon. So, the next best thing is that we would like to get the Honda Natural Gas Civic. These are neat vehicles in that they come with a compressor that allows you to fill them up from your home Natural Gas line. These have been advertised for some years now, but I have had great difficulty actually finding one for sale. I am hoping next summer to be able to invest some time and hopefully find one.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

When More is Too Much?

First, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas Eve. Yep, we still say "Merry Christmas" here at OPOD. It is a season we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who came into the world to save us from our sins. So there, I said it. How come we think that is so offensive today . . . that God decided to come to earth, and give us the free gift of Eternal Life. Call us old fashioned but that is what we believe here, and see no reason to take the good news out of the season.

With that of the way, lets get to the pictures. The picture above was taken in the 1910's, and shows a man with one big Handlebar Mustache. Notice that below the nose, it covers both the top and bottom lips. One wonders how one would eat with so much mustache in the way. For example, if he were sipping soup, one would think that the mustache would act as a soup strainer. I will say though that he does keep it immaculately manicured. Perhaps it even does not look that bad, but would be a big effort to keep clean and free of food debris. Overall, I think it looks pretty good, although I would never attempt to wear such a mustache.

I am not sure what to say about the mustache above. It looks like an unkempt lawn. This is one big bushy mustache, and appears to be growing wild. I feel if one chooses to wear this much facial hair, more effort should be expended in keeping it in check. I am afraid he either needs to neaten it up, or get rid of it.


Several people have asked about the baby chickens I mail ordered them in the summer and they came in the fall. I showed several pictures when they were just little chickies. I am happy to report that all ten have grown up, and have turned out to be quite a handsome flock of chickens. Below I present a picture of Chickie Town. You can see the flock of chickens in the foreground. In the background, you can see the chicken coup I had built for them. It is a neat design, and on the front, there is a flap door over the laying boxes, so you can lift it up and take the eggs out without having to walk in. I stole the design from the Amish, as I figured they probably know as much as anyone about raising chickens. There is a little pen to the side that is coon proof. The chickies put themselves to bed in the evening, and all I have to do is go out and close the little door. The chickies are very sociable. Each one has its own personality, and I really enjoy going out and giving them a little treat and watch them be chickens.

Behind the chicken coup, and to the right, you can see the peacock palace for Lovie, Handsome Jack, and the babies. The peacocks and chickens get along OK, but the peacocks don't put up with the chickens antics and let them know that they are two flocks, not one big happy flock.

On the topic of eggs, production has been somewhat disappointing to date. So far egg count is a big fat zero. I have yet to harvest my first egg from this operation. I am hopeful that in spring, I will start seeing eggs in the egg boxes.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Today's picture was taken around 1910, and shows a man with interesting facial hair, not seen much today. He has large sideburns, which connect to the mustache, yet no chin hair. I have to say that this is not my favorite facial hair style, and I am pretty pleased it has fallen out of fashion.


It has been a while since I issued a domestic update, so thought this would be a good day to do it. As I am preparing this blog, I find that I have several distinguished visitors. Lovie, Handsome Jack, Joaquin and Festus stepped inside for a visit. You can see that the chickies are all grown up, but still very friendly. I am pleased to report that this visit went much better than the time I let the horse in the house. I will try to catch you up on the little chickens and other projects shortly. Just wanted to share a little bit of my morning with you today.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bearded Man

We continue to review Men's Facial Hair Styles with this picture from the 1910's. This is an interesting style not seen much today. Notice the upturned mustache. Then we have a little bit of a beard on the chin, but with the mustache and beard not connected. He is definitely going for some sort of look, I am just not sure what it is. I believe by profession he was the US ambassador to Haiti.

Did I mention that I have a great Mystery Person lined up for Saturday? Be sure to tune in because I want everyone to see me defeat Nate Maas. Also, I know that the Date Contest for Captain Walsh is running neck and neck between Bachelorettes #2 and #3. Be sure to vote. Also, I see that the polling is about evenly split between people marrying someone just like themselves vs. someone opposite. Mrs. PJM and I are complete opposites, which means I guess, between us we make one complete person.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Man with Beard

Facial Hair week continues here at OPOD with this picture. The gentleman has a full beard and mustache. Notice he wears his mustache a little fuller than what is normal today, and it looks like he is parting it to grow left and right a little, instead of straight down. Also notice that he is shaving a small portion so that the mustache does not join up with the beard. So, overall not completely different than what you might see today, just a few subtle differences.

OK, I have a question for you all. Yesterday, when I saw the picture of Captain Walsh, I immediately liked him. I knew nothing about him, but immediately assumed that he was a nice guy, and a person I would want to be friends with. Today, I really do not like this guy. In fact, for some reason I despise this guy. Am I the only one? I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but for some reason I am sure that Captain Walsh was a nice guy. I would conclude this even if he was not in a military uniform. He just looks like a nice guy. The guy above, for some reason, I am sure he is a jerk.

First, do other people have the same reaction or a different reaction than I do to these two people. Secondly, why would we feel this way? Could we possibly be wrong?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Captain Walsh

Welcome to a new week here at OPOD, and we have a great lineup of pictures planned for you. This week the topic is Facial Hair. More specifically, facial hair on men. I find it fascinating how styles of facial hair change over the years, and how men express themselves by choosing a particular style of facial hair . . . sometimes even from a past era. So to kick things off, we present the picture above of Captain James L. Walsh. The picture was taken in 1913, as Walsh was to participate in the Woodrow Wilson Inauguration Parade. Personally, I think his overall look with the hat and uniform really works for him, but in particular, I want you to zoom in and look at his mustache. You will notice that he has it ever so slightly turned up on the ends. Not something men really do so much any more.

Now of course we know that World War I is right around the corner, and Captain Walsh will doubtlessly be pulled into the war. So, we are going to launch an Internet first here at OPOD; This is going to be the world's first retroactive dating game. World War I is right around the corner, and we need to find a girlfriend for Captain Walsh before he has to go to war. I have selected three bacherlorette candidates, and you have to vote for which one you would like chosen to be his girlfriend.

Bachelorette #1: Ms. Sigrid Holmquist

Recently arrived in the US, Ms. Holmquist is an actress, and is known as the "Swedish Mary Pickford". Young, fun loving, and a sparkling personality, she is sure to keep Captain Walsh entertained. Her good looks, style, and outgoing nature make her the perfect girlfriend for our young Captain.

Bachelorette #2: Ms. Enez Thomas

Ms. Thomas is of one of the finest and oldest families in New York City. She was brought up in the best schools, and has impeccable taste and manners. Her father has made sure that she has always had the best of everything. She will surely be able to keep Captain Walsh entertained with opera, symphonies and plays. She is the perfect candidate to kiss the Captain goodbye as he departs for World War I.

Bachelorette #3: Ms. Larneal

Ms. Larneal was brought up under difficult circumstances, but always found a way to try and make things better for other people. She grew up working in soup kitchens and bread lines, trying to take care of those less fortunate. She has dedicated her life to those in need. With the looming outbreak of World War I, she has joined the Navy Medical corps, in case her help is needed in caring for wounded soldiers. Her good heart and dedicated service make her the perfect girlfriend for Captain Walsh.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mystery Contest

OK, hope we have a lot of players this morning, because this is going to be a good contest. Who is the baby, and what special distinction could the baby claim.

Friday, December 18, 2009

On the Beach

We wrap up our Beach Week today with this picture. It was taken in 1906, and shows people on the shore at Palm Beach, Florida. I love the way people dressed in this era.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day at the Beach

Yesterday someone mentioned in the comments that there were no pictures of men at the beach in my photo series. Well, your patience pays off today, as we offer up this handsome young man. He is getting all the attention, not just because of his stylish suit, and his rugged physique, but because he has brought his donkey to the beach as well. The picture was taken in 1905.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Bathing Suits

We continue our examination of old bathing suit styles today with this picture. It was taken in 1924.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Miss Washington DC

This photograph was taken in 1938. It shows Miss Washington DC that year, Miss Dorothy Parker. Interesting how much the swim suits changed even between the 1910's and the 1930's. I wonder if a day will finally come that the present trend can go no further, and the shocking, rebellious thing becomes wearing modest swimwear to the beach.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Atlantic City

Today's picture shows a group of swimmers at Atlantic City. This picture was taken in 1903, and shows an even higher degree of modesty in swimsuit styles than we saw in yesterday's 1922 picture. The folks do look like they are having a good time.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bathing Beauties

As we are all probably enduring cold weather, I thought it would be fun to take the week and look at Bathing Beauties of a Bygone Era again. This is one of my favorite pictures, and was taken in 1922. It shows a man measuring a Girl's leg to make sure the suit meets modesty requirements of the beach. The picture was taken in Washington DC, and if you look closely, you can see the Washington Monument in the background.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Round 2

Round 2 . . . What is this a picture of, and what is it doing?

Mystery Person

Today is Mystery Person day, or, should I say, Mystery Woman Day. Let the Games Begin!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Chief Charlot

We bring Indian Chief week to a close here at OPOD with this fine picture of Chief Charlot. He was a very interesting figure, and leader of the Salish of Montana from 1870 to 1910. He tried to live peacefully with the White Man, but was treated harshly. He had a great speech about his trials, and an excerpt is below:

"We befriended him, and showed the fords and defiles of our lands. We owe him nothing. He owes us more than he will pay. His laws never gave us a blade of grass nor a tree nor a duck nor a grouse nor a trout. You know that he comes as long as he lives, and takes more and more, and dirties what he leaves."

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mojave Chiefs

Today's picture features a group of Mojave Indian Chiefs in Arizona. The picture was taken in 1887. I like the picture because the men are very well armed, each with a rifle and gun belt. I find it interesting that the men are dressed more like cowboys than Indians. They have western hats, boots, and bandannas. Once can only wonder the stories they could tell.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Coolidge with Indian Maiden

Today we have a picture of Calvin Coolidge meeting with an Indian delegation. Have you noticed that Coolidge never looks happy in a picture. I don't think he was really into the whole Washington social scene.

How about we shake things up a little bit with an unannounced contest. What is the name of the book being presented to Coolidge? I will check back this evening and see if anyone has gotten it.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sitting Bull

Indian Chief week continues here at OPOD with this fine picture of Sitting Bull. I like this one because most of the pictures of him are straight on, and this one is more of a profile shot. The picture was taken in 1888.

Monday, December 7, 2009

President Coolidge

This picture was taken in 1925, and shows Calvin Coolidge on the lawn of the White House with a group of Native Americans. No one looks too happy in the picture.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


This picture shows Apache Chief Geronimo. He was one of the men in the group shot from yesterday. He was probably one of the more recognizable men in the photograph. This picture was taken in 1903.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Today we feature a picture of a group of Indians. We are going to shake things up a little so read the rules carefully. You must name at least three of the Indians, and identify them on the picture, with designators Indian 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Indians are numbered left to right. So Indian on the far left is Indian 1. NOW, if your initials are N. M. you must identify all SIX Indians to win. If your initials are NOT N. M. you may win by correctly identifying any three Indians. Let the Games Begin!

Mystery Person Contest

Contest will start at 8:30 AM, Texas Time.

Mrs. PJM said I needed to drive her to work this morning, because she does not like to drive on ice. I told here there is no ice, so that would not be needed. She said it is beloe 32, so there MIGHT be ice. Prudence and good judgement dictate that I not further discusss, but go drive her to work. I have the picture ready, and will be back and get things started at 8:30. I have a little suprise for the Evil Nate Maas. Ha Ha Haaaaaaa (evil laugh).

Friday, December 4, 2009

Cowboy Kitchen

Today's picture was taken in 1939 and shows a cowboy pouring a cup of coffee near an old wood stove. The picture was taken in Montana on the Quarter Circle "U" Ranch. Have you ever tried Cowboy Coffee? It is made by just throwing the grounds in the hot water. The grounds are filtered out (somewhat) by a strainer at the spout of the pot. The longer the pot sits on the stove, the stronger the coffee gets. I actually think it is pretty good.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Real Kitchen

People have been complaining this week that the old kitchens I feature look fake or posed. So today, you get a real kitchen. This picture is from 1909. I am not sure what the woman is working on in the basket, but maybe it is ears of corn. Also, I am having trouble finding the refrigerator in the picture.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cooking Ham

This picture shows women cooking a ham over an old stove. The picture was taken in 1937. I don't think we have a pot that big in our whole house.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wood Stove

Today's picture shows a woman cooking in an old wood stove. The picture was taken in 1909. It looks like she is baking bread.

You know, I bet the food that came out of the old kitchen's we are looking at this week was better than the food coming out of most of the superkitchens in McMansions today. Today, people tend to be more interested in what their kitchen looks like, than how good the food is coming out of it. Truth is, the stove above, in the right hands, could turn out a meal like none you have ever had.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Old Kitchen

This week we will explore old kitchens from days gone by. Today's picture was taken in 1917. I see a stove back there, but no refrigerator. I wonder when electric refrigerators gained widespread use? I know that earlier there were "ice boxes" which kept things cold, but you had to keep adding blocks of ice to them.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

White House Kitchen

Today's picture was taken in the 1920's and shows the kitchen in the White House. Amazing how simple and practical it was. I would imagine things would be quite different today.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mystery Contest

OK, hope we have some players out there this morning, as this should be a good contest. Let the Games Begin!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Hydroplane Prototype

Today's picture shows Wilbur Wright and an early attempt he made to create a hydroplane. You can see he mounted his airplane on a canoe. The picture was taken in 1909. It is amazing how quickly things moved and evolved in the early days of aviation.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fabre Hydroplane

This picture from 1911 shows the Fabre Hydroplane, designed to take off and land on water. All I know is the guy in the boat is going to have to row a lot faster if they ever hope to get this thing in the air.

Hope you all have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


This is a picture of Clarence Culver at the controls of a biplane. Clarence was in the army, and was in charge of getting radios to work in airplanes. Note the microphone in the picture. I would think wind noise would be a little bit of an issue in an open cockpit airplane like this.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Twining Ornithopter

Today we feature a picture of the Twining Ornithopter during attempted takeoff. Don't you wish just one of these old flapping wing type flying machines had worked? I think no one has yet been successful in flying any type of flapping wing device.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bleriot Airplane

Today's picture shows a Bleriot airplane. The picture was taken in 1911. It is amazing how quickly airplanes became popular after the Wright's first flight. The picture shows Murvin Wood, an early pilot, in front of the plane.